How low can our media go? There really seems to be no bottom to it. We’ve all accepted certain outlets as biased, propaganda machines but when even supposed main stream media outlets join the fray, the destruction of legitimate media is at hand. You all remember the whackery of Dinesh D’Souza’s piece in Forbe’s magazine that painted our duly elected president as a dangerous anti-colonialist tribesman, you know, not one of us. Remember how it was thoroughly ripped apart and Forbe’s hid their head in shame….yea right. Well now that liberal bastion (cough, spit), The Washington Post, has given him more ink to print his lies and paranoid rantings. Steve Benen weighs in on it here, an excerpt…
That’s’ a good question. The op-ed, like the article it came from, is garbage. Worse, it’s lazy garbage, espousing cheap attacks that were exposed as nonsense weeks ago. Indeed, the lede of D’Souza’s op-ed makes sweeping arguments about the president’s psyche based on the title of Obama’s first book — arguments that appear ridiculous if one actually gets past the title to read the book itself.
Asked what on earth he was thinking, Fred Hiatt, the Washington Post‘s editorial page editor, said:
I approved publication of this Op-Eed. D’Souza’s theory has sparked a great deal of commentary, from potential presidential candidates as well as from commentators on our own pages.
But the Washington Post is giving the writer yet another platform, on purpose and probably for compensation, because people are talking about just how ridiculous D’Souza’s argument really is? Offensive, discredited ideas deserve coveted media real estate, regardless of merit, based solely on their ability to generate political buzz?
It’s also a reminder that, a little too often, it’s not altogether clear why some op-ed pages even exist. Ideally, opinion columns are intended to add context, analysis, and a larger vision to current events. But when a paper decides op-eds don’t have to be true, and publishes items that are clearly false regardless of merit, there’s a more systemic problem about journalistic standards to consider.
This is a perfect example of what our media has become. It’s not necessarily an ideological thing, but really points to how the “corporatization” of the media has come full circle. When a publication basically reprints something that has been completely debunked and actually says they did it because of the media circus it created, well, what more can you really say. You have to give Hiatt credit for being honest about it. Someday, I plan to have a media empire that will counter this kind of trash and I’m going to call it “The Truth, Bitches”.